Looks like a good system to us. Wonder if it will last?
(Thanks to Oren Grad)
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mike plews: "There's an ancient Focomat enlarger in my basement that has a few tricks up it's sleeve too." [Focomats are "autofocusing" enlargers, in the sense that once you have them focused, you can change the enlarger height and image magnification without losing focus. —Ed.]
Steve J: "Not only has the rangefinder system survived, but the type of lens in the ad, the 50mm Summar, is one of my most extensively used lenses. The lens will become 80 years old this year, while the camera to which it's attached, a Leica IIIf, will hit 60."
Harold Merklinger: "It's not a IIIf but rather a "G" or IIIa. Here's how we can tell: 1. No rangefinder diopter adjustment around rewind knob. 2. Rangefinder diopter adjust is just visible on back of camera near rangefinder eyepiece. 3. Screwdriver slot in slow speed shutter setting knob. (IIIb has this too.) 4. 1st digit of serial number appears to be a "1". (There will be other models with a "1" also, but a IIIf will need a "5" at least.) 5. A IIIf would have a flash sync adjuster around/below the main shutter speed dial. Bottom line: camera is same age as the lens: about 80 years."
Mike replies: I think Steve was saying that his own camera is a IIIf, not that the camera in the advertisement is. But thanks for filling us in!
Rob L: "I have that lens, and a close relative of that camera, a '36 IIIc. Used it yesterday. It's still a bit of a fad, but hey, I'm a sucker for these modern gimmicks."
Mark Sampson: "The Rolleiflex 'Automat' of the early 1950s was called that because turning the film-wind crank also cocked the shutter."